Assistant Professor in Statistics - 15639BR

Assistant Professor in Statistics

University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Statistics. This position is a full-time, academic year appointment. The faculty member will participate in the teaching mission of the Mathematics Department, which includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; conduct research in statistics leading to publication in appropriate media and to external funding as appropriate; and engage in department, College, University, and professional service. Ph.D. or terminal degree is expected by the start date of appointment. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The Department of Mathematics has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. A broad range of programs is possible including algebra, analysis, combinatorics, control theory, dynamical systems, geometry, numerical analysis, probability, statistics, stochastic analysis/control, partial differential equations, set theory, and topology. The department has a long tradition of excellence. The first Ph.D. granted west of the Mississippi was in mathematics at KU in the year 1895. Since then, the graduate program has been a central part of the department’s research and teaching. Historic Snow Hall, which houses the department, contains state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture spaces, computer labs, and other facilities.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capitol. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less then an hour away.

Job Description

40% TEACHING/ADVISING: The normal teaching load in the Department of Mathematics is three courses per year. Duties include developing curricular, prepare and attend all class meetings, develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, assign grades, hold regular office hours, and adhere to department, College and University policies. All faculty are expected to be active in advising. Direction of Ph.D. dissertations is not ordinarily expected of non-tenured faculty. Such faculty do occasionally advise M.A. students' work on their research components. All faculty are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.

40% RESEARCH: Tenure-track faculty are expected to develop and maintain an active research program which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and to present findings at professional conferences.

20% SERVICE: Tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending department meetings, carrying out departmental committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected and to the greater profession at large.

COLLEGIALITY: All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in allthree areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, and (c) information provided from four professional references.
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Statistics or related fields expected by the start date of appointment (August 18, 2020)
  • Research area in statistics
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching in mathematics as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and/or reference letter on teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.

Preferred Qualifications


Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete on-line application includes:
1) a cover letter;
2) a curriculum vitae;
3) a research statement;
4) a teaching statements; and
5) the names, emails and contact information for four references.

In addition, at least four recommendation letters (teaching ability must be addressed in at least one letter) should be submitted electronically to

As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  • In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Initial review of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. Note: In order for your application to be considered, you must apply to the KU job site and submit your reference letters to Mathjobs.

Advertised Salary Range

Competitive with comparable research universities.

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